6 Signs That Your Roof Is Showing Its Age

Your home’s roof is your main protection against the harsh elements of the Upper Midwest. From blistering summer heat and pounding spring rain to bone-chilling winter snowstorms, your roof endures it all.  However, like any other part of your home, roofs have a lifespan, and recognizing the signs of aging or new weather-related damage is crucial for maintaining your property's integrity and value. Being proactive can also help save you from costly repairs [...]

2024-07-18T14:34:13-05:00July 10th, 2024|Home Tips|

The Power of Proactive Maintenance: How a Home Inspection Saves You Money in the Long Run

Owning a home in the vibrant Chicagoland area is a dream for many, but it’s a significant investment of time, effort, and money. It's a place to build memories, raise a family, and create a safe haven in the Windy City. But maintaining a house, especially a historic Chicago bungalow or a sprawling suburban two-story, can feel overwhelming. Every homeowner dreads discovering a serious plumbing issue, disturbing structural damage, weather-related roofing problems, a [...]

2024-06-03T10:43:32-05:00June 3rd, 2024|Home Tips|

HVAC 101: A Guide to Maintaining Your Home’s Heating and Air Conditioning

Maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home should be a top priority for many homeowners, especially in the Chicagoland area. From scorching summer days to bone-chilling winters, our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems work tirelessly to keep us comfortable. But just like any hardworking appliance, regular maintenance is key to ensuring your HVAC runs efficiently and avoids costly breakdowns. Proper care and upkeep of your HVAC system are essential to preserving the [...]

2024-04-26T12:13:00-05:00April 26th, 2024|Home Tips|

HVAC Systems Demystified: What a Home Inspection Can Reveal

When it comes to buying or selling a home in the Chicagoland area, there's a crucial aspect that often gets overlooked: your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).  These essential home systems are the unsung heroes of your family’s comfort, quietly working behind the scenes to keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. Yet, despite their importance, many homeowners are unaware of the intricacies of their HVAC systems and the potential [...]

2024-03-13T10:14:30-05:00March 13th, 2024|Home Tips|

Chicago Bungalows: A Guide to Assessing the Unique Characteristics of this Iconic Architecture

Photo credit: ThShriver via Wikimedia The city of Chicago is known as the birthplace of modern architecture and offers some of the most forward-thinking designs of the 20th century.  One of the area’s most iconic styles, with their instantly recognizable brick exteriors and pitched roofs, Chicagoland’s bungalows present a ubiquitous architectural style across the city’s neighborhoods and beyond. Between 1910 and 1940, over 100,000 were constructed in Cook County and over 20,000 are [...]

2023-10-18T10:39:33-05:00October 18th, 2023|Home Tips|

The Hazards of Owning a Home with Concrete or Split Face Block

Chicagoland has always been a center of exciting architectural developments and has seen several building booms throughout its history. In the late 1990s, as demand for affordable residential housing skyrocketed, many single-family homes and condominium developments utilized concrete block, or its fancier cousin, split faced block. Split faced block is simply an inexpensive 16” concrete block split into two 8” pieces, each with a roughened face that resembles much more costly rock masonry. [...]

2023-06-07T10:47:49-05:00June 7th, 2023|Home Tips|

How to Prepare for A Spring Home Inspection

Spring is almost here and soon you’ll see delightfully warmer temperatures, tulips blooming along Michigan Avenue, and cherry blossoms in Jackson Park — along with possible building damage caused by Chicagoland’s brutal winter weather. It’s also the perfect time to schedule a thorough inspection of your home by a licensed and experienced professional. Regular inspections are a crucial part of maintaining the value of your property, ensuring your family stays safe, and protecting [...]

2023-03-13T11:37:34-05:00March 13th, 2023|Home Tips|

What to Expect When Buying a Historic Home

Are you dreaming of owning an elegant Victorian mansion, a Queen Anne cottage with soaring ceilings, a classic Arts & Crafts bungalow, or a stunning Mediterranean Revival residence from the roaring 20s? Chicagoland has tens of thousands of gorgeous historic places and is a fierce competitor for the title of “the architecture capital of the world.” The Oak Park community boasts more buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright than anywhere else in the [...]

2023-02-17T10:58:48-06:00February 17th, 2023|Home Tips|

The Best Air Conditioning Solution for your Space: Central Air vs The Rest

If you’re tired of sweltering and melting in your own home, join the club. Air conditioners are one of the country’s most in-demand major appliances right now. But which type of air conditioning is the most appropriate for your house? Central AC is awesome, but is it the right choice for you at this time? You’ve probably heard a lot about heat pumps — are they really more efficient than the other styles [...]

2022-09-14T10:19:18-05:00September 14th, 2022|Home Tips|
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